Homemade Dog Ramp

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Our little dog is scared of the steps I bought...

so I decided to build a simple ramp for her to get up onto the couch.

I also built an outdoor ramp.

See this project: https://www.hometalk.com/diy/craft/pet-stuff/outdoor-dog-ramp-44371738

This is Coco... (4 month old Malteses/Sih Tzu) you can see the steps in the background. She refuses to use them. I decided to try and build a ramp out of scraps and parts I had in the garage.

This all started with a few boards. I took 2x pine boards cut roughly at 40 inches.I put a slight angle on what will be the top to give a little landing pad before the ramp began.

This is a picture of the underside. I decided the strongest way to build it while still being light weight was to add a groove for the thin plywood to fit into. Since I had the flat part on the top, I made it in two pieces. You can see the groove I made just big enough to insert the thin plywood with some glue. I did it free hand with a guide, so a few errors happened along the way... nothing some home made wood filler cant fill

*Home Made wood filler is simply glue with some saw dust added to it. Works great and is why I have a small bucket of sawdust in another picture.

Here is the underside glued together. I added a few supports under as well. You can see the rough homemade wood filler in a few places... bucket of sawdust in the back.

Here is the front side. This is just some scrap plywood I had. It will be covered by some carpet so I am not too worried about the look of it. The plywood is inside the side edges.. with a small space for the carpet... so it would hide the edges of the carpet.

Here is the brains of the operation. I wanted it adjustable... but more importantly, so I could fold it flat and store it. It is all trial and error on lengths. I started with the height of the main longer legs and what angle I needed so it would be 17 inches tall... to the height of my couch cushions.

Here it is folded down. On the left side you can see I cit some notches in a board to make it adjustable. The hardware is just some bolts with washers and locking nuts. I added a few cross supports to give it some support.

The grooves hold the small dowel I used... I found a vinyl end caps for the dowel.. so it would be a nice friction fit. I hot glued those onto the end of the dowel so they would not move. I also pin nailed the dowel into the support under it so it would not move.

Some cheap black paint to coat things front and back.

I has some carpet from a mat that had grooves in it... so I sprayed some adhesive under it so it would stay on. Added a few staples top and bottom to make it a tight fit. You can see the sides of the carpet are hidden by the space I left for it... nice clean edges.

Here is the final in place result. Wife said it looks like something from WayFair... so that that is a nice compliment I think.

Some trining with the dog and hopefully she uses it... It can even be adjusted to fit the bed... but then the angle is a bit too steep. I might need to build something else for the bed.

For now... I just hope she uses it. Worst case... it folds up and can be put away.

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  • Danny Cab Danny Cab on Jan 01, 2021

    What breed of dog is this?

  • Barbara Davis Leirer Barbara Davis Leirer on Jan 08, 2021

    I LOVE your ramp. We have an older Maltese and it's getting harder for her to get up on the couch & bed. Any chance you would make & sell these jewels??

  • Maria Maria on Jan 17, 2021

    I bought a heavy used ramp.she used it from our SUV, a few times, but jumps off the last several feet.

    I wonder if it could also be the scent of a past dog?

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  • Judy Judy on Jan 24, 2021

    My 15-year-old Lhasa has bad front legs so down is harder than up. She uses the stairs to go up, but waits for me to get her down. This ramp design would be perfect. I'd make it as long as the bed, and slide it up to the side--that way, it's not so steep.

    • David McIntosh David McIntosh on Jan 24, 2021

      I built a separate ramp for the bed that is longer... I will have to post that project soon as well.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on May 30, 2022

    When I first saw the picture, I thought the doggie ramp was a piece of a disused treadmill, but then I had to take another look, because nobody ever has a treadmill that they don't use themselves. LOL 😆

    Thanks for sharing your project here on Hometalk. 🐕️